4 reasons to oven bake your own bread

In a recent survey of the British people, it was discovered that there is one smell that we love more than anything else. No, not freshly cut grass, coffee, or even Bacon! The smell in question was in fact freshly baked bread. In fact, such is the allure of the smell that many Estate Agents have begun to encourage home owners to bake fresh bread in their range cookers on a viewing day if a home is struggling to sell!

1 - Value for money
While it is certainly easy to find cheap bread, you tend to get what you pay for.  Fresh artisan bakery bread will be full of flavour and texture, but it’s not something most people can afford to purchase every day. While supermarket and shop-bought bread is often more affordable but lacks the quality to satisfy real bread snobs.  Once you get the hang of it, baking your own bread can save some precious pennies. 

2 - Health is wealth
Have you ever looked at the packaging on an item in the supermarket and been baffled? Many of the ingredients on processed foods are unfamiliar and some are a struggle to even pronounce. More often than not these types of mysterious ingredients are preservatives and additives. They make your bread taste a particular way and last a long time but there are concerns about the health risks associated with them. However, this homogeneous approach isn’t to everyone’s tastes.  When you make your own bread you know exactly what goes into it, and while it might not last as long as shop bought bread – it will taste fantastic.

3 - A tasty treat
While shop bread can taste flat and predictable, homemade bread is anything but.  As you make it yourself it’s always going to look a little different, but those unique variations just add to the charm. Homemade bread is perfect for sandwiches, soups, burgers – well anything you’d use normal bread for – but with a far superior taste.

4 - Its fun!
Finally, the act of making your own bread is a great source of entertainment.  Getting your hands dirty kneading dough is a great way to take out some mid-week frustration. It can be enjoyed with friends, family or simply alone with your thoughts and there are so many different types of bread to try your hand at. Bored of basic loafs? Try your hand at a chillicheese cornbread or a traditional Irishsoda bread (link to: ) recipe next time!

Do you enjoy baking your own bread? Tweet us at @WHsupplies with a photo of your latest oven baked efforts! 

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